Fire Emblem Heroes, Nintendo's new mobile hit, crams the series' tactical role-playing gameplay and charming characters into an addictive, bite-size package. But unlike Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes is a fairly complex game, and there are a ton of menus, items and features that even Nintendo doesn't really explain.
That's where we come in. From knowing the basics of battle to learning how to snag the best characters, here are 19 tips for becoming the best summoner in Fire Emblem Heroes.
Every character in Fire Emblem Heroes has a weapon type, and knowing the rock-paper-scissors system of what beats what is key to winning. Put simply, red weapon types beat green weapon types. Green beats blue, and blue beats red. If you attack the right colors, you'll do 20 percent more damage.
There are also colorless weapon types (such as bows and ninja stars) that don't have any color advantages or disadvantages. However, units with bows do a ton of damage against flying units of any color, so keep that in mind.
Now that you know Fire Emblem's attack triangle, it's time to make some teams by selecting Allies > Edit Teams. You can store up to five teams at once -- you should probably have at least one squad that features one of every weapon color, as well as a few teams that favor a certain color.
Before you enter a battle, look for the enemy weapon types under the name of each mission. You can switch teams at the top of the Battle menu to find the perfect squad for that fight. For example, you might want to take a green-heavy team into a battle against a bunch of blues, or pick a more balanced team for enemy squads with one of each color.
The first thing you should do at the start of any battle is tap the Danger Area icon at the bottom of the screen. This shows which spaces on the map are within range of your enemies' attacks, making it easier to safely navigate the battlefield. You can also tap on an individual enemy to see their specific attack range.
As with any Fire Emblem game, Heroes lets you preview the outcome of a showdown before you attack a character. Once you drag your character over an enemy for a potential attack, you'll see a battle preview at the top of the screen that shows how much damage you and your opponent will deal to each other. This way, you can figure out who you can kill instantly, and who you should steer clear of at all costs.
Characters that have a Special attack equipped will have a purple number next to them on the battlefield. That's how many normal attacks you have to perform before gaining access to your special. Once you hit that number, you'll see the C-shaped special icon next to your character, which means the next attack you land will be a big one. To see exactly what a Special attack does, simply tap the name of it when you have your character highlighted.
There's no denying that the art in Fire Emblem Heroes is top notch, but if you are trying to maximize your time, you can speed things up by turning combat animations off. To do so, select Misc > Settings. Then turn off "Combat Animations" and "Support Animations." Now you won't see the cutscenes every time one of your heroes gets into a fight.
If you want to speed things up even further, you can also let the AI manage your battles and let them play out in lightning speed. To turn on Auto-Battle, just hit the menu button and select the Auto-Battle option during a battle. And if you want to take back control, all you have to do is hit the red Cancel Auto-Battle button in the bottom left corner.
Fire Emblem Heroes doesn't do a great job of telling you how to collect rewards from the Home screen, meaning you could miss out on key items. You need to tap the Owl at the top right of the screen to collect any presents you've been given (including log-in bonuses), while the Fountain at the bottom right lets you track Quests and collect rewards after finishing them.
Once you're in the Quests menu, tap the silver coin icon at the top right of the screen and select the Missions tab to collect points for your My Nintendo account. Lastly, if any of your Home screen characters have hearts coming out of them, you can tap them for bonus items. Be sure to check these various menus regularly -- especially after beating story chapters.